Perthshire Open Studios

Perthshire Open Studios was launched in 2008 and is now in its 11th year. It is an annual nine-day (1st – 9th) event held in September and involves artists and makers across Perth & Kinross opening their doors for visitors to come and learn about their crafts.  A growing number of participants and visitors each year makes it a highlight in the calendar of arts events in Scotland.

The Open studios can be classified into seven distinct trails spreading across the far corners of the Perth and Kinross. Each trail is bursting with talented artists ready to welcome you into their studios. So this September, why not get out and explore some of these amazing studios and some of the brilliant attractions in the area too? You are guaranteed to have a great day out!

To help you make the most of each trail, we have put together a couple of suggestions on what you could see and do on each route. Take a look below!

The Blue Trail

The Blue trail takes visitors through Perth City Centre to discover some of the local artists that bring some colour to our city.

As Scotland’s newest city, Perth offers visitors fantastic live music, exciting events, dozens of independent shops and many award-winning eateries. Perth is ideally placed to access the outdoors, as it’s surrounded by hills and mountains that are popular with walkers, mountain-bikers and photographers.

For more information about artists on this trail, click here.

Whilst you’re here why not visit…

Scone Palace

Scone Palace is the true home of the Stone of Destiny and has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce.

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Perth Concert Hall

Perth Concert Hall is home to an exciting programme of music, contemporary art, community events and conferences.

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Perth Museum & Art Gallery

With more than half a million local, national and international objects, The Perth Museum & Art Gallery have a recognised collection of national significance.

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The Green Trail

The green route of the Perthshire Open studios covers a large area of western Perthshire, and makes for an ideal day out!

There is a huge range of painters, sculptures and jewellers to enjoy. On this trail, which stretches from Almondbank to Comrie, there are also some brilliant attractions to explore in between studios!
The Famous Grouse Experience, Drummond Castle & Gardens, the Crieff Hydro and Cultybraggan are just some of the amazing things to see on this one!

For more information about artists on this trail, click here.

Whilst you’re here why not visit…

The Famous Grouse Experience

Discover how the distillery’s Glenturret single malt is carefully blended with other grain and malt whiskies to create one of the UK’s most popular blended whiskies, The Famous Grouse.

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Auchingarrich

 

Whatever the weather you’ll find plenty to see and do, with activities for all ages indoors and out. The centre has over 50 different species of animal, each with its own particular charm.

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Cultybraggan P.O.W Camp

Cultybraggan Camp, near Comrie, Perthshire is the last remaining WWII Prisoner of War (POW) Camp in Scotland.

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The Red Trail

The Red Trail takes you through Highland Perthshire to some of the amazing towns and villages scattered around the country including Dunkeld, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry. These popular towns make for perfect day trip destinations, with their huge range of magical walks, award-winning eateries and fascinating visitor attractions. 

There are also some very unique artists to visit on this route. From chocolate makers, glass blowers and woodworkers. For more information about artists on this trail click here.

Whilst you’re here why not visit…

Dunkeld

Dunkeld is an attractive and historically important town in an enviable spot on the banks of the River Tay, just 15 miles from Perth.

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Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy is a beautiful Highland town full of fascinating treats for lovers of art, books, cinema, crafts, music and nature.

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Pitlochry

Pitlochry is a bustling and vibrant Highland town. It’s a popular spot for visitors, with an enviable variety of attractions, eating places, shops.

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The Orange Trail

The Orange Trail focuses on Blairgowrie and the surrounding area, a beautiful highland town just 15 miles outside of Perth City Centre. 

If Perthshire is Scotland’s larder, Blairgowrie is certainly a well-stocked cupboard, offering goodies from the farms nearby including strawberries and raspberries, fresh asparagus, new potatoes and homemade ice cream. Taking advantage of this local produce are the lovely cafés, restaurants, hotels and inns in the town. 

The orange route has some brilliant artists opening their doors for the Perthshire Open Studios. Silversmiths, photographers and talented painter all open their doors to welcome visitors from across their world. Come say hi! 

For more information about artists on this trail click here.

Whilst you’re here why not visit…

Blairgowrie

Blairgowrie is a bustling, friendly town in East Perthshire, a great place to eat and shop and a gateway to a network of walking trails.

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The Barony

The Barony is an outdoor centre where you can hire bikes and kayaks, book an adventure, grab a coffee, buy outdoor supplies and even have a shot on their climbing wall.

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Munro Bagging

There are some stunning walks to enjoy in and around Blairgowrie… why not explore some whilst you are out and about?

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The Lime Route

The Lime Trail will take you through East Perthshire toward Invergowrie. This route will take you through some of the scenic landscape of Perthshire, where you will find the studios of our talented artist’s nestled into the countryside.

There is also plenty to keep you busy on this trail too including boat trips, wineries and even a wildlife park!

For more information about the artists on this trail click here

Whilst you’re here why not visit…

Camperdown Wildlife Park

Fancy a fun family out with lots of amazing animals? Then you are in the right place … Camperdown Wildlife Centre is open all year round!

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Boating on the Tay

From May until October discover the River Tay with a range of fantastic boat trips and see Perthshire like you have never seen it before!

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Cairn O’Mohr Fruit Wines

Their fruit wines are all made in the traditional and proper way of fermentation followed by at least a year of maturation. You can take a tour of their winery and event try a tipple or two!

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The Turquoise Route

The Turquoise Trail will take you south, towards Kinross. There is a huge range of creatives including photographers, jewellers and painters who are ready to welcome you to their studio.

Perthshire has many beautiful lochs, often nestling in dramatic remote glens, far away from roads or towns. Loch Leven must be one of the most accessible in Perthshire and is well worth a trip if you are out on the Turquoise Trail. It’s easy to get to and has a fantastic heritage trail all the way round!

Find out more about the artists on this trail here.

Whilst you’re here why not visit…

Loch Leven

 Loch Leven Heritage Trail is a unique trail linking natural, historic and cultural heritage around the loch. The 21km trail is level and barrier-free for most of its length, so it’s suitable for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities!

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RSPB Loch Leven

Set on the southern shore of the loch, this nature reserve offers a great day out for families, nature lovers and wildlife watchers alike.

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Loch Leven Brewery

Situated on the banks of Loch Leven, this little brewery is the perfect escape for a brew or two. With a tap room attached to their brewery, you can enjoy one of their fine beers straight from the cask.

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The Plum Route

The Plum Trail will take you south-west, towards the town of Braco.

There are plenty of attractions and entertainment to keep you amused when you are not busy visiting the studios. From the award-winning Gleneagles hotel to an ancient Roman fort in Braco – you are guaranteed a wonderful day out!

For more information about the artists click here.

Whilst you’re here why not visit…

Gleneagles

Whilst you are out and about, why not take advantage of the hotel’s luxury rooms & suites, fine dining restaurants, ESPA spa resort and world championship golf course this world-class hotel has to offer?

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Phoenix Falconry

A 5-star award winning facility that houses a collection of over 60 Falcons, Hawks, Eagles and Owls all of which are trained to be handled and flown by you!

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Drummond Gardens

Drummond Castle Gardens is one of Europe’s and Scotland’s most important and impressive formal gardens. Located in Perthshire near Crieff, it dates back to the 17th Century.

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